“A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives is a superficial appearance of being right.”
As a teenage lifeguard, I was out in the sun from the time it rose to the time it set. I never used sunscreen. During my time in Hawaii, I never used sunscreen while surfing or at the beach, to the horror of my Medical Doctor wife and our literal Dermatologist friends. There’s no talking about the Science of it to them, and that’s the unfortunate thing about programming and herd mentality.
But slowly, surely, people are getting wise to the Confidence game. The percentage of U.S. teenagers using sunscreen dropped 12% in the ten years from 2001 to 2011. As of three years ago, only a third of adults used sunscreen.
That’s because two thirds of the populace has surely and firmly figured out that sunscreen messes with your body’s Vitamin D production mechanisms, destroys coral reefs, costs a shit-ton of money, and causes skin cancer by getting free radical-generating chemicals into your bloodstream.
But don’t hand a pamphlet outlining that to the one third of the rubes who’ve been taken in. That’s what’s difficult about discussing subjects like this.
The two thirds, the majority who don’t use sunscreen maps almost exactly to the two thirds majority who don’t trust Pharma, outlined a couple of days ago in this thread.
In terms of the sunscreen con, a majority already realize it, and the number of teens getting wise increased 12% in ten years. So you can see which way the game is going. From the perspective of a sunscreen user, that’s “everybody is going insane.”
That possible explanation is going to slowly become less relevant to them as they go through their process.
The populace is rapidly waking up, indeed, has already awakened, to all manner of things, as those two-thirds-majority statistics illustrate. It’s just that a controlled press and the shrillness of the one-third make it seem like things are worse than they actually are.
All over the globe, the scam has been “warming ocean water causing reef bleaching”, when the truth has been “reefs are being destroyed by an unwitting, paranoid subset of the populace misled by psychopathic One-Percenters.” A subset who would in unison refer to my writings on this subject as “paranoid.” Can you see the disowned self in action?
Paranoid – extremely fearful.
I’m extremely fearful of toxic chemicals and creams. I’m not extremely fearful of the sun. There are others who are extremely fearful of the sun, and who are not fearful of toxic chemicals and creams.
Now that Hawaii’s taken action, humanity will see their reefs return to health, and be able to compare them to other reefs where sunscreen use is still allowed, and the horrible con will finally collapse completely.
All of the con’s are collapsing, at once, as great, epochal positive changes continue at every level of our reality.
August 21, 2014 – Fewer U.S. youth using sunscreen new study finds – Reuters
The percentage of high school students using sunscreen dropped from 67.7 percent in 2001 to 56.1 percent in 2011.
(They hedge with the general “fewer”, then make you do the math. It’s an 11.6 percent decrease in ten years. The honest headline would read “Sunscreen use by U.S. high school students dropped 12% in ten years.” – ed)
May 18, 2015 – After More Than A Decade, FDA Still Won’t Allow New Sunscreens
May 22, 2015 – Only a Third of Adults Wear Sunscreen: Study
June 2, 2015 – Melanoma Rates Double as More Use Sunscreen, Fewer Sunbathe .
February 13, 2017 – How Sunscreen Could Be Causing Skin Cancer, Not The Sun
Summer may be a long way off, but it’s never too early to start thinking about protecting your skin. For most people, this means covering themselves in sunscreen, which corporate marketing campaigns encourage at every turn. Yet, while we do indeed need protection to prevent sunburns, blocking out the sun entirely is not ideal. Rich in vitamin D, it offers a number of other health benefits, including, oddly enough, cancer prevention. We’ve been made to fear the sun, and, as a result, adults and children are choosing to drench themselves in a bath of toxic, hormone-disrupting chemicals.
Science has long shown that what we put on our skin ends up in our bodies, and quickly. Multiple studies from across the world have examined sunscreen in particular, evaluating its ingredients and how it penetrates and absorbs into the skin after application. One study, conducted at the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Manitoba, Canada, sought to develop a method for quantifying common sunscreen agents. Results demonstrated a significant penetration of all sunscreen agents into the skin, meaning all of these chemicals are entering multiple tissues within the body. (source)
Conversely, a study published in Environmental Health Perspectives showed a significant drop in hormone-disrupting chemicals that are commonly found in personal care products after participants switched to ‘cleaner’ products. These chemicals include oxybenzone, triclosan, parabens, phthalates, and more. You can read more about that and access the study here. All of these ingredients are found within most poplar sunscreens.
So, the next question becomes, are the ingredients used to make sunscreen, which are entering into our bloodstream, something to be concerned about? The science given to us by the corporations who profit from the sale of sunscreen says no, but I think by now we have established how trustworthy such corporately-funded ‘science’ is. It wasn’t long ago that Johnson & Johnson, for example, was found guilty of knowingly putting a cancer-causing baby powder on the market. You can read more about that here.
This is precisely why we wanted to bring attention to an article published by the Huffington Post titled “Excuse Me While I Lather My Child In This Toxic Death Cream.” In it, mother Sarah Kallies shares how exhausted she feels trying to navigate today’s world and do the best for her children when everything, everywhere, seems to be killing us. For every purchase she makes for her children, there is science telling her it’s great on the one hand and toxic on the other, and so she highlights how confusing the consumer marketplace has become. We are dished a wealth of information that differs from source to source, on a variety of different topics, making it difficult to make even the simplest of choices without second-guessing ourselves.
Yet we know the various chemicals found within sunscreens are toxic, and we know that our skin absorbs whatever we put onto it. Below are a few examples of these chemicals:
This could in fact be the most troublesome ingredient found in the majority of popular sunscreens. Used because it effectively absorbs ultraviolet light, it’s also believed to cause hormone disruption and cell damage, which could promote cancer.
According to the Environmental Working Group:
Commonly used in sunscreens, the chemical oxybenzone penetrates the skin, gets into the bloodstream and acts like estrogen in the body. It can trigger allergic reactions. Data are preliminary, but studies have found a link between higher concentrations of oxybenzone and health harms. One study has linked oxybenzone to endometriosis in older women; another found that women with higher levels of oxybenzone during pregnancy had lower birth weight daughters. (source)
There are many other studies out there on this chemical. For example, one study done by the Department of Clinical and Experimental Endocrinology at the University of Gottingen in Germany observed regulatory effects on receptor expression for oxybenzone that indicate endocrine (hormone) disruption.
A study out of the Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Zurich determined that oxybenzone may also mimic the effects of estrogen in the body and promote the growth of cancer cells.
Prompted by multiple studies, a study out of the Queensland Cancer Fund Laboratories at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research in Australia recognized the significance of systemic absorption of sunscreens. Researchers discovered that oxybenzone inhibited cell growth and DNA synthesis and retarded cycle progression in the first of the four phases of the cell cycle. They determined that sunscreen causes mitochondrial stress and changes in drug uptake in certain cell lines.
A study published in the Journal of Health Science by the National Institute of Health Sciences in Japan examined UV stabilizers used in food packages as plastic additives. They found that some UV stabilizers in sunscreen products have estrogenicity in an MCF-7 breast cancer cell assay as well as an immature rat uterotrophic assay. They tested a total of 11 UV stabilizers. 20 kinds of benzophenones were tested using the same assay to demonstrate their estrogenic activity.
The list goes on and on.
Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A palmitate)
A study conducted by U.S. government scientists suggests that retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A, may speed the development of skin tumors and lesions when applied to the skin in the presence of sunlight (NTP 2012). “Retinyl palmitate was selected by the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition for photo- toxicity and photocarcinogenicity testing based on the increasingly widespread use of this compound in cosmetic retail products for use on sun-exposed skin,” reads an October 2000 report by the National Toxicology Program.
As Dr. Joseph Merocla explains, this suggests that sunscreen products could actually increase the speed at which malignant cells develop and spread skin cancer, because they contain vitamin A and its derivates, retinol, and retinyl palmitate.
Fragrance refers to a host of harmful hormone-disrupting chemicals mentioned earlier, like parabens, phthalates, and synthetic musks.
Sun Exposure Can Protect You From Cancer
The sun isn’t as bad as it’s marketed to be, however. Corporations are concerned with profit, not people, and telling us that sun exposure can actually protect against cancer isn’t going to get us to buy sunscreen. Yet several studies have made this connection, confirming that the appropriate amount of sun exposure can actually protect us against skin cancer.
As many of you probably already know, humans require sunlight exposure for vitamin D. Sunburns are indeed a concern, and there are many studies that link sunburns to melanoma, but due to a wide range of factors, such as cultural changes and marketing campaigns, our skin has become less resistant to sun exposure. If you spend a large portion of your time in the sun, your skin adapts to build a natural immunity. We are naturally built to receive sunlight, and we have gone backwards in this regard. There are alternative ways to protect yourself from sunburns. You can buy natural sunscreens without harmful chemicals. Questioning big name advertisements is crucial to our health in these times of information awareness.
Only 10% of all cancer cases are attributed to all forms of radiation, and UV is a very small part of that. When we think of skin cancer we automatically want to blame the sun, but what about other causes of skin cancer that are out there? Arsenic, found in a number of things we ingest or work around, pesticides, and leather preservatives are all causes for concern.
Sunscreens are a huge contributor to toxins in the body, being absorbed within seconds of application. Is it not important to know what you are putting into your body? We now live in a culture where we fear the sun, which is ironic considering it has created all life on Earth. It’s important to remember that fear eventually manifests as reality. The sun has many health benefits, so using natural products will ensure that you receive these benefits while keeping your skin safe.
July 19, 2017 – Active ingredient in sunscreen could cause cancer
There’s a new health warning about a chemical found in most sunscreens. A new study found when that chemical comes into contact with sun and chlorine, it can become toxic.
If you flip over your sunscreen, chances are avobenzone is first ingredient you’ll find. In fact, Boston 25 News went into a couple of drug stores and found the vast majority of the sunscreens on the shelves have this chemical listed as the active ingredient. Avobenzone is the active ingredient in most sunscreens as it protects against UV rays.
May 7, 2018 – Hawaii bans coral-killing chemicals because sunscreen producers won’t.
(That’s a crafty hedge putting it on the manufacturers, when it’s an example of a state overriding the hostile intent of the Feds. – ed)
June 5, 2018 – RECENT STUDY SHOWS HOW SUNSCREEN CAUSES CANCER, NOT THE SUN
Did you know that despite the invention of sunscreen, cases of skin cancers are on the rise every year? Elizabeth Plourde, Ph.D., is a California-based scientist who has shown that malignant melanoma and all other skin cancers increased significantly with ubiquitous sunscreen use over a 30-year period. Sunscreens contain chemicals that are known carcinogens and endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDC).
So why so much faith in sunscreen? What’s going on here? Sunscreen is a product we’ve been sold that we cannot live without. But just think about what we did for the thousands of years before it’s invention. The sun has been a source of life since the beginning of human existence and has many benefits to the human body.
The Sun Doesn’t Harm Us
Firstly, the sun doesn’t harm us. It only nourishes us. There’s even really good science to prove this. One of the latest major studies was published by the Karolinska Institute in Sweden in 2014.
They conducted a study that found women who avoided lying out in the sun were actually TWICE as likely to die compared to those who make sunbathing a daily ritual.
This wasn’t a small study either. It looked at 30,000 women for a period of 20 years!
The more we try to fool nature with chemicals the more cancer and other sickness shows up. Often the stress surrounding these health concerns is more detrimental than the issue itself. Health is simple and always has been.
June 12, 2018 – Do Sunscreens Cause Cancer? – Science-Based Medicine
Elizabeth Plourde thinks sunscreens cause cancer rather than preventing it. She blames sunscreens for everything from coral reef die-offs to autism. Neither her evidence nor her reasoning stand up to scrutiny.
July 25, 2018 – Why you’re likely to get little to no protection from sunscreen
August, 2018 – Sunscreen and the Lies We’ve Been Told About the Real Causes of Skin Cancer